A brand new current affairs show will broadcast for the first time on Wicklow radio this Saturday morning.
“Wicklow This Week” will be broadcast on East Coast FM live on Saturday mornings between 9 and 10am and will take an in-depth look at stories making the news locally and nationally.
It will feature a mixture of human interest topics, local news developments, an analysis-led take on major sports stories that will appeal even to non-sports fans, as well as listener-led debates.
Aengus Cox, journalist & reporter at East Coast FM will present the new show, with South-east native Lizzie Nolan as producer.
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The 29-year-old son of broadcaster Valerie Cox says journalism is in the blood:
“As a child, I remember the buzz at home when Valerie got wind of a story. She was always on the lookout for a story no matter where she was. She was on her way to work at 5am one morning, when she noticed a couple of police cars at Jack Whites pub…. She went over to investigate – Tom Nevin had just been murdered – she broke that story”.
He says the new show aims to pique the interest of Wicklow residents by looking at the news from the perspective of people living in the Garden County.
“On the opening show one of the items will be the ongoing CRC scandal – live in studio, we will have Evanne Cahill from one of Wicklow’s most high-profile charities – the Wicklow Hospice Foundation –discussing how the controversy is affecting charities around the county. We will get Evanne’s perspective on how charities should be governed, who should be paid what and to whom they should be accountable. We’ll also get an update on the new Hospice for Wicklow and Evanne might hopefully share a little bit about her latest discussions with Daniel Day Lewis!”
“In the coming months we will be looking at the challenges facing towns and businesses across the county and talking to enlightening guests who have something different to say. We really want to talk to people with different perspectives and ideas.”
Importantly, the programme is looking to the people of Wicklow to help shape the agenda of Wicklow This Week and locals are encouraged to get in touch if they think there is a story or an issue that needs to be placed under the spotlight.
Aengus says there is a huge of amount of work involved. “It will take up a lot of time – but if you want a great show, that’s what you have to do. I am lucky with my producer Lizzie Nolan, who works in the RTE newsroom. “Lizzie is vastly experienced and loves the fast-paced nature of a current affairs programme such as ours and she won’t stop until she gets the full story.”
“The team here in East Coast have been really supportive. When I first approached the Programme Director Carol Dooley with the concept, I got a great response. They put huge time and effort into working with me on the format and content. Also, Gareth Farrell, Head of News here, knows everything about news broadcasting and has huge knowledge of Co. Wicklow and has been really great with advice and input.”